2010 Cayuse "Edith" Walla Walla Valley Grenache Rosé

SKU #1107750 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Baron’s 2010 Grenache Rose Edith comes from a few rows in the Armada vineyard that are left un-thinned precisely to permit such a wine. Halfway between classic partridge eye and salmon in color – after having received only a few hours of fermentative skin contact and then been pressed-off with a stainless steel basket – this combines a caressing, subtly creamy texture with delicacy, levity (at a mere 12.7% alcohol) and refreshment. Suggestions of strawberry (fraise du bois) garlanded in buddleia and high-toned green herbs are predictable if enchanting, but I was surprised to encounter a richness akin to veal stock and a savory salinity that taken together sent my salivary glands into palpitations. Gorgeous as this is today, it might be a good idea to save at least one bottle for next year just to experience how it evolves. Inside of a few days – between this wine and Cayuse alumnus Stephen Thompson’s Analemma offering (discussed in my Issue 202 Oregon report) – I tasted the two finest as well as among the most improbable American pink wines of my experience. (DS)  (12/2012)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Picked and vinified expressly for this rosé, the grapes were sourced from the Armada Vineyard. It has a pale, copper-like onion-skin shade, it is aged for a year longer than most rosés, but it has lost none of its freshness. The pretty strawberry note gains complexity and textural interest as it lingers on the palate. Persistent, focused, leesy and long, this elegant rosé looks deceptively light, but offers powerful flavors.  (3/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Very pale eye-of-the-partridge color, not far off from Krug rose. Very delicate aromas of strawberry, minerals and spices, complicated by a leesy nuance. Quite dry and tactile, with good grip and a bit of skin character to the strawberry and spice flavors. Serious rose with good length. The leesy complexity carries straight through the wine. (ST)  (12/2012)

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.